Paris, 1994, night: as the Leningrad Cowboys sing "Those were the days," a solitary man leading a donkey is turned away at a restaurant door. He and the beast walk down to La Maison du Vin ... See full summary »
Nicky escapes from prison somewhere between Alabama and Utah, sometime in the future. He looks for his girl in the bars and hotels. All he can see in his new freedom is that no one cares ... See full summary »
The Cowboys are lured from Mexico to Coney Island by their former manager who disappeared at the end of Leningrad Cowboys Go America. He believes he is the reincarnation of Moses, sent to lead them back to the promised land - Siberia.
Definitely not to be confused with any of Sylvester Stallone's efforts, this is a wicked satire on 'Rocky IV', in which Rocky takes on the monolithic Russian fighter Igor - and loses. ... See full summary »
Lugubrious Finns Valto and Reino take to the road in search of coffee and vodka, without which their lives are not worth living. But their reveries are interrupted by the arrival of ... See full summary »
After fifteen years' service, Henri Boulanger is made redundant from his job. Shocked, he attempts suicide, but can't go through with it, so he hires a contract killer in a seedy bar to ... See full summary »
As he stokes the fire in the sauna, shorts can be clearly seen under his towel. See more »
another hilarious "music-video" cover
One of the more recent short "music video" films by Kaurismaki and the first, I believe, in color (ROCKY VI - 1986; THRU THE WIRE - 1987; THOSE WERE THE DAYS - 1992 were all b&w) THESE BOOTS continues in the same wacky vein. The piece begins with the title "History of Finland 1952-1960" and cuts to a shot of a baby (with a full size male head and the requisite Leningrad Cowboy hairstyle and curled tip boots) and the lyrics "You keep saying you got something for me" start off the song. The parents have the same hairstyle - although the man is balding, so it's his beard that stretches in front of his face for a foot and a half. The child is thrown out of school for drinking vodka. When he gets married he and his bride are riding on a tractor. At the funeral of his parents, their curled boot tips are sticking out of the coffins.
If you're into the Kaurismaki sense of humor, you'll probably find this hilarious. Otherwise you might see it as just strange and dumb.
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